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"Miquel Reina's Lights on the Sea is an absolutely lovely, beautiful novel with a dreamy, fable-like quality. Fans of Life of Pi will love this novel." – Kristin Hannah, NYT bestseller author of "The Nightingale" In this riveting debut, prize-winning artist and filmmaker Miquel Reina maps out ambitious and fantastical new territory in a novel about a couple holding on for d "Miquel Reina's Lights on the Sea is an absolutely lovely, beautiful novel with a dreamy, fable-like quality. Fans of Life of Pi will love this novel." – Kristin Hannah, NYT bestseller author of "The Nightingale" In this riveting debut, prize-winning artist and filmmaker Miquel Reina maps out ambitious and fantastical new territory in a novel about a couple holding on for dear life as their world takes an extraordinary fall… On the highest point of an island, in a house clinging to the edge of a cliff, live Mary Rose and Harold Grapes, a retired couple still mourning the death of their son thirty-five years before. Weighed down by decades of grief and memories, the Grapeses have never moved past the tragedy. Then, on the eve of eviction from the most beautiful and dangerously unstable perch in the area, they’re uprooted by a violent storm. The disbelieving Grapeses and their home take a free-fall slide into the whitecapped sea and float away. As the past that once moored them recedes and disappears, Mary Rose and Harold are delivered from decades of sorrow by the ebb and flow of the waves. Ahead of them, a light shimmers on the horizon, guiding them toward a revelatory and cathartic new engagement with life, and all its wonder. Wildly imaginative, deeply poignant, and entirely unexpected, Lights on the Sea sweeps readers away on a journey of fate, acceptance, redemption, and survival against the most rewarding of odds. "Miquel Reina's Lights on the Sea is an absolutely lovely, beautiful novel with a dreamy, fable-like quality that will appeal to readers. Fans of Life of Pi will love this novel." – Kristin Hannah, NYT bestseller author of "The Nightingale" "An enjoyable, finely written fantasy tale." – Kirkus Reviews “This beautiful, unusual tale explores the healing power of love and the magic that exists in our everyday lives, even when we don’t know how to find it.” – Jill Santopolo, NYT bestseller author of "The Light We Lost"


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"Miquel Reina's Lights on the Sea is an absolutely lovely, beautiful novel with a dreamy, fable-like quality. Fans of Life of Pi will love this novel." – Kristin Hannah, NYT bestseller author of "The Nightingale" In this riveting debut, prize-winning artist and filmmaker Miquel Reina maps out ambitious and fantastical new territory in a novel about a couple holding on for d "Miquel Reina's Lights on the Sea is an absolutely lovely, beautiful novel with a dreamy, fable-like quality. Fans of Life of Pi will love this novel." – Kristin Hannah, NYT bestseller author of "The Nightingale" In this riveting debut, prize-winning artist and filmmaker Miquel Reina maps out ambitious and fantastical new territory in a novel about a couple holding on for dear life as their world takes an extraordinary fall… On the highest point of an island, in a house clinging to the edge of a cliff, live Mary Rose and Harold Grapes, a retired couple still mourning the death of their son thirty-five years before. Weighed down by decades of grief and memories, the Grapeses have never moved past the tragedy. Then, on the eve of eviction from the most beautiful and dangerously unstable perch in the area, they’re uprooted by a violent storm. The disbelieving Grapeses and their home take a free-fall slide into the whitecapped sea and float away. As the past that once moored them recedes and disappears, Mary Rose and Harold are delivered from decades of sorrow by the ebb and flow of the waves. Ahead of them, a light shimmers on the horizon, guiding them toward a revelatory and cathartic new engagement with life, and all its wonder. Wildly imaginative, deeply poignant, and entirely unexpected, Lights on the Sea sweeps readers away on a journey of fate, acceptance, redemption, and survival against the most rewarding of odds. "Miquel Reina's Lights on the Sea is an absolutely lovely, beautiful novel with a dreamy, fable-like quality that will appeal to readers. Fans of Life of Pi will love this novel." – Kristin Hannah, NYT bestseller author of "The Nightingale" "An enjoyable, finely written fantasy tale." – Kirkus Reviews “This beautiful, unusual tale explores the healing power of love and the magic that exists in our everyday lives, even when we don’t know how to find it.” – Jill Santopolo, NYT bestseller author of "The Light We Lost"

30 review for Lights on the Sea

  1. 4 out of 5

    Florentina

    Wow! I just finished this amazing book today! I devoured it in only 3 days!! I found the other day by chance, when I was taking a look at amazon indie authors contest. Immediately I felt in love with this beautiful book cover. But don't misunderstand me, in this book, there is beauty everywhere, out of the book and also inside it. The story is so powerful, so uplifting that I still in shock! Miquel Reina please write more books, I want to read more of your creative and touching stories. I suppos Wow! I just finished this amazing book today! I devoured it in only 3 days!! I found the other day by chance, when I was taking a look at amazon indie authors contest. Immediately I felt in love with this beautiful book cover. But don't misunderstand me, in this book, there is beauty everywhere, out of the book and also inside it. The story is so powerful, so uplifting that I still in shock! Miquel Reina please write more books, I want to read more of your creative and touching stories. I suppose that I don't have to say more about the book, you only have to read it, especially if you enjoy books as LIFE OF PI, THE ALCHEMIST or ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE. Its a masterpiece!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Paul Falk

    Miguel Reina crafted an exciting, action-packed tale that guided me on a remarkable adventure. It was a roller coaster ride from summits of jubilation to the deepest, darkest pits of despair and everything else thrown in between. Special recognition is given to Catherine Nelson for the fantastic job of translating this script from Spanish into well-written English. The two leading characters were exceptionally well-drawn. The scenes took off with a maddening intensity that failed to yield. Many Miguel Reina crafted an exciting, action-packed tale that guided me on a remarkable adventure. It was a roller coaster ride from summits of jubilation to the deepest, darkest pits of despair and everything else thrown in between. Special recognition is given to Catherine Nelson for the fantastic job of translating this script from Spanish into well-written English. The two leading characters were exceptionally well-drawn. The scenes took off with a maddening intensity that failed to yield. Many fascinating twists and turns made for a riveting storyline. A piece of my heart was torn out in the process of a gut-wrenching ending. This novel comes highly recommended. Retired couple Harold and Mary Rose Grapes lived in a house that was precariously perched on a cliff above the raging ocean, the highest point of Brent Island. They were far removed from other members of the small community. It was just the way they preferred it. For the past 35 years, the couple had been consumed with grief over the loss of their eight-year-old son, Dylan. Mary Rose had unrelenting contempt for her husband Harold and blamed him for their son's death. Mary Rose had no means for letting it go, no room for forgiveness. The couple mostly kept to themselves locked away in their faraway home. On one stormy night a storm of epic proportion whipped the tiny island and snapped the guy wires that secured their lonely home to the cliff. While they slept peacefully, their home slipped down into the open jaws of the waiting sea. Miraculously, it didn't sink. So began their journey toward open-water. They spent weeks adrift in the unforgiving ocean. It was quite a sight. What kept the house afloat was attributed to the voluminous foundation of lava under the house that was porous and acted like a raft, truly phenomenal. Their torturous journey through frigid weather conditions was fraught with many overwhelming challenges, their most perilous being their head-on collision with a towering iceberg. Each day they thought would be their last. After what seemed like an eternity of being drawn by the currents of the merciless sea, they spotted land. Where they were, they hadn't the faintest idea. By this time, the remaining meager rations of water and food were all but depleted. Smoke was spotted coming from behind a soaring mountain on the snow-covered plain. After making contact with the icy shelf, they were faced with a monumental decision. They could either stay in the house and die of certain famine or go out into the wilderness in search of the source of the smoke. Teetering on the brink of predictable death, the stranded survivors knew they had to put their lives in great peril and leave the temporary sanctuary of their home. In their weakened state, they had no idea what lied just behind the mountain. It was do or die. I offer my gratitude to NetGalley and AmazonCrossing for this ARC in exchange for an unbiased review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    What a book! What an incredible story! I never read a full Spanish book and I have to admit that is for sure one of THE BEST BOOKS I EVER READ in all languages. Luces en el Mar is a story so well balanced, so well written, with a characters so charm and human that sometimes I totally forgot that they weren't real. But above all, is a story that punches you and this is for me something almost magical. I hope that the writer translates the book to can capture all the subtle language that I still m What a book! What an incredible story! I never read a full Spanish book and I have to admit that is for sure one of THE BEST BOOKS I EVER READ in all languages. Luces en el Mar is a story so well balanced, so well written, with a characters so charm and human that sometimes I totally forgot that they weren't real. But above all, is a story that punches you and this is for me something almost magical. I hope that the writer translates the book to can capture all the subtle language that I still missing and I hope that everybody read this book. Its a masterpiece and hope that some day becomes a classic.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Maria Clara

    Tengo que reconocer que con este libro he tenido un gran problema: que no he podido conectar con él.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Gemma

    Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for a copy of this book In exchange for a honest review. What a powerful book. This is a truely magical read. Lights on the sea is beautifully written and moved me deeply. I was heartbroken and reduced to tears more than once, but also blown away at the level of understanding shown towards human emotion and the power of forgivness and love. This was a spiritual journey that you can't read without being pulled into. " A home isn't built with walls or determin Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for a copy of this book In exchange for a honest review. What a powerful book. This is a truely magical read. Lights on the sea is beautifully written and moved me deeply. I was heartbroken and reduced to tears more than once, but also blown away at the level of understanding shown towards human emotion and the power of forgivness and love. This was a spiritual journey that you can't read without being pulled into. " A home isn't built with walls or determined by where we are, a home is built from our experiences , from the people we meet along the way , and, more than anything, from how we decide to journey through life . Life is a movement. A precarious equilibrium that can change in an instant." Miquel Reina is an exquisite writer and I can't wait to read more from him. I was disappointed when I came to the end and will reread this title again. This was by far the most moving and thought provoking book I have read this year.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Julie Parks

    Fantastic cover. And this book is one that proves the old saying "don't judge the book by its cover" wrong. So wrong. Because the story is simply magical and captivating and will open a whole new perspective on the world after reading it. And the best part is that Mr Reina has managed to make it feel so realistic. What would it feel like to be washed away in the sea...IN YOUR HOUSE? Amazing. I highly recommend this book to everyone who likes lyrical general fiction with a message. Thank you AmazonCr Fantastic cover. And this book is one that proves the old saying "don't judge the book by its cover" wrong. So wrong. Because the story is simply magical and captivating and will open a whole new perspective on the world after reading it. And the best part is that Mr Reina has managed to make it feel so realistic. What would it feel like to be washed away in the sea...IN YOUR HOUSE? Amazing. I highly recommend this book to everyone who likes lyrical general fiction with a message. Thank you AmazonCrossing for translating this book and providing me with a copy in exchange for my honest review.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    This book was suggested to me and I was quick to start reading. I'm always looking for a great new book written in Spanish, and on reading the summary I was immediately interested. The way the book is written keeps you interested the entire time, I can't remember a point where I wasn't completely lost in the story. And as the story progressed I found my self agreeing more and more with the lessons that Los Señores Grapes learn as well as the profundity of their meanings. While reading I couldn't This book was suggested to me and I was quick to start reading. I'm always looking for a great new book written in Spanish, and on reading the summary I was immediately interested. The way the book is written keeps you interested the entire time, I can't remember a point where I wasn't completely lost in the story. And as the story progressed I found my self agreeing more and more with the lessons that Los Señores Grapes learn as well as the profundity of their meanings. While reading I couldn't help but be reminded of The Alchemist at times. It's obvious that the writer is experienced in life as well as in writing.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Elena Bensusan

    "lights of the Sea" by Miquel Reina is truly unusual book. Can we imagine the elderly couple living on the edge of the cliff high above the ocean? ,That large ocean that eroded their cliff from large property to a few feet of land around the house, the same fierce ocean that took a life of their son, the same mysterious ocean that send a couple to their impossible journey had awaken them as the result of that journey to the new lights and revelations of lights. The book is very metaphorical in "lights of the Sea" by Miquel Reina is truly unusual book. Can we imagine the elderly couple living on the edge of the cliff high above the ocean? ,That large ocean that eroded their cliff from large property to a few feet of land around the house, the same fierce ocean that took a life of their son, the same mysterious ocean that send a couple to their impossible journey had awaken them as the result of that journey to the new lights and revelations of lights. The book is very metaphorical in my opinion. The house that became adrift is actually a boat that was not finished by Howard long time ago, when the couple shut themselves in the house grieving their son. That boat the couple always wanted to take to make a family ocean journey, became a house, got buried away in the foundation of the house, the mast became a beam supporting the house and nobody recognizes it anymore as the boat. The storm tear away the cliff with the house , sends it adrift, strips all the unnecessary things in life and in the house and restores the actual boat to be seen as the boat. With that restoration, Harold and Rose awaken from their grief and see the new lights in the ocean and in their life. The language has a poetic quality to it, I think the original poetic quality was not lost in translation but it feels it was simplified somehow. Cannot agree with some reviews that the language is sweet and resembles young adult novel. The language here reflects the magical journey and very appropriate, despite simple sentence structure and floweriness. I would recommend this book for the book clubs as well as general audience, however, it is not a fantasy book. or a thriller. I would definitely recommend the book to the poetry lovers. I was provided free copy of the book courtesy of the publisher "Amazon Crossing". .

  9. 4 out of 5

    Anita Vela

    3,5 estrellas Reseña completa: http://anitavelabooks.blogspot.com.es/2018/04/luces-en-el-mar-miquel-reina.html Luces en el mar  es una historia original y peculiar que nos habla de vida, de amor, de sueños sin cumplir, de superación… Digamos que esta historia te hace reflexionar, aprender y mirar las cosas con otro punto de vista. Yo os animo a que le deis una oportunidad a los señores Grapes para conocer su historia. En el BLOG os cuento más. ¿Te pasas? 

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lualunera

    · 4,5 · Lo que me hace quitarle ese medio punto es el hecho de que hubo momentos en los que la lectura se me hizo algo pesada, alguna escena demasiado lenta o, tal vez, alargada de más. Dicho esto, todo lo que me quede por decir de esta novela es más que bueno. Es mejor que bueno. Empezando por los personajes, que me han parecido redondos (tanto los protagonistas como los secundarios, o no tan secundarios)... y siguiendo por la enorme lección que deja su historia, fácilmente extrapolable a cualquie · 4,5 · Lo que me hace quitarle ese medio punto es el hecho de que hubo momentos en los que la lectura se me hizo algo pesada, alguna escena demasiado lenta o, tal vez, alargada de más. Dicho esto, todo lo que me quede por decir de esta novela es más que bueno. Es mejor que bueno. Empezando por los personajes, que me han parecido redondos (tanto los protagonistas como los secundarios, o no tan secundarios)... y siguiendo por la enorme lección que deja su historia, fácilmente extrapolable a cualquier ámbito de nuestra vida. Tras conocer la historia de Mary Rose y Harold me quedan unas inmensas ganas de vivir y unas gafas sucias por las lágrimas.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Borsey

    I was completely enthralled with this story. Once I had started, I couldn't stop reading! I was so in love with Mr. and Mrs. Grapes that I didn't want the story to end, even though my breath caught numerous times in anticipation as to what would happen next. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to everyone. I thank Netgalley for allowing me to read and review this great book!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jesus (Ego)

    Lo primero y más destacable que se me ocurre decir es que me parece un libro bastante bien escrito, llevado y concluido. El resultado no es perfecto ni una obra maestra pero logra con creces sobrepasar lo que uno espera de la primera obra de un escritor joven. Me gusta el estilo del autor, es sincero, profundo y consigue dejar claro lo que hemos de sentir en cada escena. Usa un lenguaje descriptivo y rico sin llegar a ser cargante ni sonar artificioso. Me parece un planteamiento inicial muy origi Lo primero y más destacable que se me ocurre decir es que me parece un libro bastante bien escrito, llevado y concluido. El resultado no es perfecto ni una obra maestra pero logra con creces sobrepasar lo que uno espera de la primera obra de un escritor joven. Me gusta el estilo del autor, es sincero, profundo y consigue dejar claro lo que hemos de sentir en cada escena. Usa un lenguaje descriptivo y rico sin llegar a ser cargante ni sonar artificioso. Me parece un planteamiento inicial muy original, arriesgado y con muchas posibilidades que bien podría haber derivado en cualquier basura infumable pero que el autor transforma en algo hermoso e inquietante y logra en muchos momentos que la historia nos suene hasta creíble. También me ha gustado "la moraleja", el trasfondo que ha querido dar a la novela (o quizá el tema central, según se mire) y cómo trata los aspectos emocionales (el tema del duelo y la culpa). No es un escrito revelador ni pretende serlo pero puede tocar la fibra a más de uno. En definitiva, es una emotiva gran historia de las que piensas que ojalá algún día sea llevada con acierto a la gran pantalla porque tiene muchos ingredientes para triunfar.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Helen

    This book will be BIG as other classics like Life of Pi or The Alchemist, actually some of my favorite books. This is a story about redemption, love, grief, and above all, a big light that makes us dream. I totally recommend it if you like books that entertain but also make you think. A MUST!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Patry Fernandez

    Reseña completa -> http://thewordsofbooks.blogspot.com/2... «Tengo miedo a olvidar. Olvidar los recuerdos de un tiempo en que éramos felices soñando. Miedo al saber que lo único que nos permite seguir cerca de él es esta casa que mañana será destruida para siempre.» Ha sido una historia bonita, de nuevas oportunidades, de saber perdonar y dejar el pasado atrás.. todo con una aventura que nuestros personajes nunca imaginaron llegar a vivir. Son unos personajes adorables y que es inevitable no co Reseña completa -> http://thewordsofbooks.blogspot.com/2... «Tengo miedo a olvidar. Olvidar los recuerdos de un tiempo en que éramos felices soñando. Miedo al saber que lo único que nos permite seguir cerca de él es esta casa que mañana será destruida para siempre.» Ha sido una historia bonita, de nuevas oportunidades, de saber perdonar y dejar el pasado atrás.. todo con una aventura que nuestros personajes nunca imaginaron llegar a vivir. Son unos personajes adorables y que es inevitable no cogerles cariño :D

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jane

    I love to find books that really surprise me. Lights on the Sea is a fable about the power of redemption and the fulfillment of dreams that has elements from Life of Pi or Aleph. The 2 main characters, Harold and Mary Rose Grapes are so well defined that sometimes I thought they were real. The story is beautifully written, surrounded by landscapes and images that gave me the feeling of being watching a film. I hope someday some studio decides to translate this marvelous story into a movie becaus I love to find books that really surprise me. Lights on the Sea is a fable about the power of redemption and the fulfillment of dreams that has elements from Life of Pi or Aleph. The 2 main characters, Harold and Mary Rose Grapes are so well defined that sometimes I thought they were real. The story is beautifully written, surrounded by landscapes and images that gave me the feeling of being watching a film. I hope someday some studio decides to translate this marvelous story into a movie because it will be deserved a lot of Oscars.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Bibi

    Oh my god! This is one of the most beautiful novels I ever read in my entire life. Im a great fan of Kristin Hannahs books and when I saw her quote for Lights on the Sea it picked my curiosity. Although the type of book is very different from Hannas writing style, I totally agree with here that this is an incredible story. Oh my god! This is one of the most beautiful novels I ever read in my entire life. I´m a great fan of Kristin Hannah´s books and when I saw her quote for Lights on the Sea it picked my curiosity. Although the type of book is very different from Hanna´s writing style, I totally agree with here that this is an incredible story.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    This book came to me by chance. I never heart about the author but when I saw that Kristin Hannah did a great endorsement for it I didnt hesitate and I read it. This is an amazing story, with some similarities to Life of Pi but much more touching. I totally recommend it This book came to me by chance. I never heart about the author but when I saw that Kristin Hannah did a great endorsement for it I didn´t hesitate and I read it. This is an amazing story, with some similarities to Life of Pi but much more touching. I totally recommend it

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ericka Seidemann

    Harold and Mary Rose Grapes lead an isolated existence in their small yellow house perched on the edge of a cliff. Facing eviction due to the government deeming their house unsafe, Harold and Mary Rose go to bed after packing their belongings, resigned to accepting the inevitable. They wake in the morning, however, to find themselves in their little house adrift in the middle of the ocean. During the night the house had plunged off the cliff, and because it was built on porous volcanic rock, Har Harold and Mary Rose Grapes lead an isolated existence in their small yellow house perched on the edge of a cliff. Facing eviction due to the government deeming their house unsafe, Harold and Mary Rose go to bed after packing their belongings, resigned to accepting the inevitable. They wake in the morning, however, to find themselves in their little house adrift in the middle of the ocean. During the night the house had plunged off the cliff, and because it was built on porous volcanic rock, Harold and Mary Rose are now bobbing like a cork, destination unknown. Faced with dwindling resources and terror of the open sea, Harold and Mary Rose are stressed to the limits of endurance. The couple also bears the additional burden of grief that cripples their daily life. They meet some others along the way, outsiders from a different culture who help them with their physical survival and their mental stagnation. Although the message can be heavy-handed towards the end, it is sympathetic nonetheless. Part tall tale, part love story, Lights on the Sea would appeal to any generation of reader. Many thanks to Miquel Reina, Netgalley, and AmazonCrossing for this advance copy in exchange for my review.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Cherry

    I dont usually read translations because I always fear that something will get lost. So when I found this novel I wasnt sure if I should read it or not. At the end I bought it without any expectations and now, I dont know what to say. I finished the book with my eyes full of tears and for days I couldn't stop thinking about this story. Mary Rose and Harold Grapes will be always in my heart. This is the most inspirational, poetic and also tough story I read in years. Now, I just wish to see a fil I don´t usually read translations because I always fear that something will get lost. So when I found this novel I wasn´t sure if I should read it or not. At the end I bought it without any expectations and now, I don´t know what to say. I finished the book with my eyes full of tears and for days I couldn't stop thinking about this story. Mary Rose and Harold Grapes will be always in my heart. This is the most inspirational, poetic and also tough story I read in years. Now, I just wish to see a film adaptation of this particular and magical journey of a house floating adrift.

  20. 5 out of 5

    The Nerd Daily

    Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Tom Carrao Where are we? This simple question takes on enormous existential weight for the central couple of Miquel Reina’s tender debut novel. Harold and Mary Rose Grapes are embalmed in profound personal grief when their lives are unmoored completely in one swift move from self-imposed exile. During a tempestuous storm, their precarious cliffside home detaches from its foundations and floats out to sea. Any leap of credibility that a reader will Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Tom Carrao Where are we? This simple question takes on enormous existential weight for the central couple of Miquel Reina’s tender debut novel. Harold and Mary Rose Grapes are embalmed in profound personal grief when their lives are unmoored completely in one swift move from self-imposed exile. During a tempestuous storm, their precarious cliffside home detaches from its foundations and floats out to sea. Any leap of credibility that a reader will have to make is eased by the reactions of the characters who themselves can scarcely believe the circumstances. On the eve of eviction from their geographically perilous property, surrounded and beleaguered by the boxed dusty detritus of their lives, any further disruption is unimaginable. Reina skilfully exploits this surreal (or “marvellously real”) aspect to the story to investigate and reveal the long-buried and repressed emotions within the Grapes, the sub-conscious incrementally teased out as the journey unfolds, suggesting that healing (hard and painfully earned) is possible even years on from tragedy. 35 years ago, misjudging the severity of a weather forecast, Mr. Grapes set sail home with his young son, Dylan, only to lose him to the sea after a rogue wave capsizes their boat. At a shipyard on the other side of their island home, the two had been diligently employed constructing a private boat, intended to become the family’s permanent home. The death of the child maroons both parents in a dense fugue of despair and fathomless sadness, compounded by unspoken guilt and recrimination. The hollowed Grapes dismantled what they now perceived as a worthless project and incorporated bits of it in the home they built for themselves at cliff’s edge. Over the years, what may have been intended as shrine to the lost son has atrophied into a mausoleum. Long-dormant, pure instincts towards survival kick in as the Grapes confront the dire conditions of their plight. Harold and Mary Rose are startled into a direct engagement with the present, awake and fighting after so many years of vacancy both spiritual and psychological. Harold sets about solving the practicalities of electricity and potable water. Meanwhile, Mary Rose sets about restoring some order in the residence, as all furnishings and objects have shifted violently in the plunge. However, a bit more self-sufficiency and resourcefulness from Mary Rose would be welcome, overall, as behaviour occasionally lapses reductively along traditional gender lines. It is determined the buoyancy of the property, the reason it has remained intact, is due to the unique volcanic composition of the island’s soil, which has produced a series of air pockets. Mysterious, alluring lights pulse on the horizon when exhaustion and apprehension conspire to defeat the Grapes. These are allusions perhaps to the fireflies beloved of their son or, indeed, solicitous transmissions from his soul now embedded in the universe to encourage their resolve. Reina’s immediacy of style in this section lends a thrilling moment-to-moment awareness of physical and environmental threat as the couple battle against the elements. After near-disaster, the Grapes are rescued by the inhabitants of a nomadic tribe of people, initially suspicious, but soon compassionate. As the Grapes become enmeshed in the day-to-day activities of the community, opening themselves to cultural rituals and perspectives far from their own, it is suggested that much of an enlightened outlook springs from engagement with and appreciation of difference. When a similar tragedy to the Grapes’s own strikes a family to whom they have grown close, their considered and reflective response stirs the Grapes to confront all the years of bitterness and regret that have made it impossible to purge and move on, that has isolated them comprehensively. “I must keep moving forward…because in the end that’s why we’re here, right? The only reason we are given life is to live it…life is a constant journey”. No blame is sought, no fault is assigned, just an acknowledged acceptance of the vagaries of existence, and how we decide to continue travelling despite them. A gentle but remorseless rebuke to a couple who abruptly ceased any motion. With this revelation, the Grapes welcome a peace and comfort thought impossible to access. In these final chapters, Reina in his enthusiasm and delight for his characters’ breakthrough has a tendency to overwrite the dialogue between Mr. And Mrs. Grapes-they reveal themselves to one another in an inelegant overflow of self-actualised effluvium that seems more the result of absorbing the text of a self-help book. This sometimes gross overstatement can be forgiven as Reina has built so much sympathy for the duo through their adversity and hardship. They are certainly due this epiphany, but writing it descriptively would ease what sounds cumbersome and overwrought as conversational confession. This sudden effusion of talk also violates the reserved nature of the Grapes which, even in the face of tensions cracking like “dry, brittle crust”, would not so quickly transition into such loquaciousness. Readers can already discern, through the simplest expression of behaviour and action, how matters between the Grapes are easing and thawing. The expansion extends right through to the Grapes’s property, as well, which finally shakes off the funereal in favour of vivid momentum-a fulfilment of original intentions. In the concluding segments, when Reina allows his authorial voice to reflect, he achieves some of his most moving, lyrically plain spoken passages. Sometimes we need to get lost in order to find ourselves, reads an anonymous quote at the start of the tale. And sometimes, when we are quite unable or unwilling to motivate ourselves, the universe will set in place its own strategy. Reina’s strategy is to embody this principle so winningly, fantastically and poignantly in this inaugural work.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Richard

    A truly magical book that resonates with one’s humanity and strikes a chord with what unites the peoples of the world rather than what divides us. Never more than a story about a simple couple growing old together it becomes a takes on a life of its own through fantasy and parable. Not looking outside for divine intervention but revealing within ourselves by embracing others and being accepted by them. We learn deeper truths and the power of life and the wisdom of living it in the right spirit. Ha A truly magical book that resonates with one’s humanity and strikes a chord with what unites the peoples of the world rather than what divides us. Never more than a story about a simple couple growing old together it becomes a takes on a life of its own through fantasy and parable. Not looking outside for divine intervention but revealing within ourselves by embracing others and being accepted by them. We learn deeper truths and the power of life and the wisdom of living it in the right spirit. Harold and Mary Rose have much to be grateful for but when then day of the notice of eviction gets closer they reflect about losing their home and their boxed up possessions. Their home however is special. It is a shrine to their son who died at a young age while helping his dad build a boat to free the family to journey to new lands and enjoy the freedom of travel. When they lost their son their dreams died with him and the timbers of the boat rebuilt into their home. Even the weather seems to reflect the tension of their last night in the house, on top of the cliff, overlooking the sea. They wake in a new reality; they are adrift. The ground and foundations of the house have given way and fallen into the sea. Miraculously, they are alive but without power or the means to steer their floating home at the mercy of the current. Everyone back home will feel they died in the cliff fall but for now at least they are alive. The story goes on to tell of this new reality. Their lives have been spared with their house and only a will to live and ingenuity will keep them alive. A journey of adventure and personal insights follows. Harold and Mary Rose face death on a daily basis. Yet through this heart warming story we learn to cry with them as we understand their sorrow and how the death of their son both unites and divides them. A beautiful tale without a strident repetitive message but a reflection on a common life. How love can be set aside and happiness buried in grief. Not preached to you but gently shared through their struggle to survive and observations of others who hold the power of life over them. A blessing to read as subliminally in narrative, dialogue and the expanse of the ocean rich gems of lasting beauty are found. You learn the difference between a rock and a fish. Reflective, resonating deep spiritual truth through nature and surviving in extreme situations. The floating house is a journey from grief to rest, blackness to light and clutter to abundance. It labels what inhibits and prevents peace. It names what subdues and prevents enlightenment. It identifies what grows but never produces life. A book free from religious platitudes but teeming with wisdom and a spark of fire that can be captured and used to throw light on things that hold us back and free paralysed limbs to live and move.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jessaka

    This is a Lap Cat Book As I was reading this book I realized that this is the kind of fun book that a cat would even make more fun if that cat was on my lap. Where’s my cat? I asked outloud. “She is in the other room working out on the treadmill,” my husband replied. The treadmill? Our new one? Working out? I went to see. And there she was on the treadmill, not desiring at all to join me in my read. She was fast asleep. Treadmills can wear you out, I thought and then I went back to my book. I didn This is a Lap Cat Book As I was reading this book I realized that this is the kind of fun book that a cat would even make more fun if that cat was on my lap. Where’s my cat? I asked outloud. “She is in the other room working out on the treadmill,” my husband replied. The treadmill? Our new one? Working out? I went to see. And there she was on the treadmill, not desiring at all to join me in my read. She was fast asleep. Treadmills can wear you out, I thought and then I went back to my book. I didn’t expect this kind of book and whatever its genre was, I was not sure. If it was a fable, you could not prove it by me, if it was a fantasy, I couldn’t tell. It was kind of close to reality but it was improbable that a house could slide off a cliff and remain intact. My husband, who was a house builder, said, “If could happen if it landed just right, but it is very improbable, and it would need air to hold it up.” It has air to hold it up. The couple who live in this house are Harold and Mary Rose Grapes, and they on a small island in Wales living in a two story yellow house that is now too close to the sea. Years of rain and ocean waves have caused the house be closer and closer to the cliff’s edge. Now they are being evicted from this lovely yellow house that Harold had built, and I might add, I also live in a yellow house, so I relate well to yellow houses. I feel sad. So they begin packing, and the following morning they have to leave their little home. Instead a rainstorm occurs during the middle of the night, but they don’t realize that their little house will be in the sea by morning. They don’t even feel the rumble because they have both taken sleeping pills. Now those are some powerful sleeping pills, and this is the only time that I felt that this book was in the fantasy genre. And by now my other cat has taken her place on my lap, and so we are reading this book together. Let Taffy have her treadmill; she needs to lose weight, and I have Mandy now. Besides being a wild adventure, this book is also about redemption. Harold had gone fishing with his son one day, and the boat capsized. The son died, and Mary Rose blames him for their son’s death. So now they are on the sea in their little houseboat. It floats because part of the island came with it, a volcanic large rock that has enough air in it to cause the house to float. And the ocean is carrying them out to sea. How will they survive? I got caught up in a conversation with my husband about this book. Can you turn a motor into a generation and can the sea currents make electricity with this generator? What is a guy line? Yes. And a guy line is a cable that holds a ships mast. He knows these things because he was once a commercial fisherman. So now they are bobbing on the sea trying to find food and electricity to make water and to light the house. Can you imagine what it would look like to anyone on the sea who sees this two story yellow house with lights on, bobbing up and down on the sea just going with the flow of the ocean currents? My last question to my husband was, “Can you make the house move in a different direction if you open the windows on one side of the house?” “It would be like a sail. It is possible to move it some.” So see, this book is not really a fantasy at all. And then he said the unexpected, “I want to read this book too.” And I thought of how over the last 30 years we have only read two books together, both he had read first and loved, “Lord of the Rings” and “Gold River Canyon’s Dead.” But I beat him to this one.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Audrey Dry

    Debo reconocer que cuando comencé a leerlo lo hice sin haberme leído la sinopsis, y también tengo que reconocer que no me esperaba en absoluto una historia como la que contiene el libro. Los personajes son fáciles de comprender y no hay ninguno que guste menos, aunque sí me hubiera gustado saber más de los secundarios. Pero la historia tiene que ser de esa manera, así que no voy a quejarme ni a quitar puntos por ello. No es que la historia conlleve complejidad, simplemente es que la redacción es Debo reconocer que cuando comencé a leerlo lo hice sin haberme leído la sinopsis, y también tengo que reconocer que no me esperaba en absoluto una historia como la que contiene el libro. Los personajes son fáciles de comprender y no hay ninguno que guste menos, aunque sí me hubiera gustado saber más de los secundarios. Pero la historia tiene que ser de esa manera, así que no voy a quejarme ni a quitar puntos por ello. No es que la historia conlleve complejidad, simplemente es que la redacción es muy buena. Te atrapa desde las primeras hojas, o al menos a mí. Me ha encantado la forma de contar la historia, las metáforas, la poética y sobre todo el mensaje que la historia ofrece. El autor no pierde el hilo en ningún momento y adorna cada escena de forma sutil, aporta una belleza frágil. Supongo que es una de las cosas que más me ha gustado de todo. Recomiendo el libro a aquellas personas que les gusten leer sobre la vida, sobre los sueños y sobre la esperanza. Y animo al autor de esta obra para que siga el curso que ha tomado. Espero poder leer muchos libros más de ti, Miquel.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sandra

    Es un libro que te hace emocionarte, reflexionar, y pensar mucho según vas leyendo te vas dando cuenta que estás dentro de la historia que participas de sus aventuras y desventuras de los personajes que te puedes identificar con algún personaje. Hay que decir que hacía tiempo que no veía los personajes tan bien perfilados tanto los principales como los secundarios, como es evidente por lo que he comentado anteriormente recomiendo esta lectura para ir disfrutándola página poco a poco no es una hi Es un libro que te hace emocionarte, reflexionar, y pensar mucho según vas leyendo te vas dando cuenta que estás dentro de la historia que participas de sus aventuras y desventuras de los personajes que te puedes identificar con algún personaje. Hay que decir que hacía tiempo que no veía los personajes tan bien perfilados tanto los principales como los secundarios, como es evidente por lo que he comentado anteriormente recomiendo esta lectura para ir disfrutándola página poco a poco no es una historia para leer con rapidez es reflexiva por lo que es mejor dosificarla y poder apreciar sus diferentes matices. Agradecer al autor la amabilidad y el detalle de hacerme llegar su obra de poder compartir una historia tan entrañable que me ha quedado en el corazón.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Fran Ramos

    Soy nuevo en esto del godreads y me gustaria escribir opiniones para otros libros asi que empezare por el ultimo que lei que es luces en el mar. Como amante de los viajes que soy me llamo la atencion la tematica del libro asi que empece a leerlo. Nunca habia oido hablar del autor pero me gustan los riesgos y no me defraudo. El libro es un viaje casi magico, la naturaleza de la casa hace de la historia algo tierno y a la vez profundo. Me encantaron los dos protagonistas, esta pareja de ancianos q Soy nuevo en esto del godreads y me gustaria escribir opiniones para otros libros asi que empezare por el ultimo que lei que es luces en el mar. Como amante de los viajes que soy me llamo la atencion la tematica del libro asi que empece a leerlo. Nunca habia oido hablar del autor pero me gustan los riesgos y no me defraudo. El libro es un viaje casi magico, la naturaleza de la casa hace de la historia algo tierno y a la vez profundo. Me encantaron los dos protagonistas, esta pareja de ancianos que redescubren el significado de vivir a las puertas de su muerte y que se redimen de todos los secretos y culpas de un pasado marcado por la tragedia. Un 10 para el autor, espero leer mas libros suyos.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Susy

    Inesperado Luces en el mar es una historia para reflexionar sobre la vida que cada quien desea llevar, a no dejarnos vencer aunque todo se vea oscuro, es una lectura muy emotiva y triste a la vez . Tiene un final tan inesperado pero acertado.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Elda

    Lo que siempre busco en un libro es una buena enseñanza, y este libro en una palabra es Mágico. Estoy agradecida por la oportunidad de poder conocer la historia de los señores Grapes.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Isa

    Creo que la gente que me recomendó este libro probablemente era fan de El alquimista y otros manuales de autoayuda barata, porque no hay por donde cogerlo. Más de la mitad del libro me recuerda a una película con la que tengo trauma desde los 6 años, Cuando el viento sopla, la película que no es para niños que ponían en la estantería infantil del videoclub solo porque era de dibujos. Quizá el autor también tenía un trauma infantil con ella que ha dejado plasmado en su novela para intentar superar Creo que la gente que me recomendó este libro probablemente era fan de El alquimista y otros manuales de autoayuda barata, porque no hay por donde cogerlo. Más de la mitad del libro me recuerda a una película con la que tengo trauma desde los 6 años, Cuando el viento sopla, la película que no es para niños que ponían en la estantería infantil del videoclub solo porque era de dibujos. Quizá el autor también tenía un trauma infantil con ella que ha dejado plasmado en su novela para intentar superarlo. Pero todo es drama y sufrimiento, heridas físicas que nos recuerdan cada tres minutos y que les hacen llorar mucho, pero que demuestran su auténtica fortaleza interior (esto os tenéis que esperar a vérmelo decir en vídeo...) Y ya el último tercio del libro pasa a ser un manual de autoayuda barato y con moraleja obvia ¿os he dicho ya lo que odio los libros con moraleja? Soy una Bastian Baltasar Bux de la vida... Parece que me cuesta aprender la lección: cuando todo el mundo te recomiende un libro aléjate de él, sabes que no es para ti. Acabo de darme cuenta de lo generosa que fui con la puntuación, una estrella y gracias a que goodreads no nos hace caso y no deja poner valoraciones negativas.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Javi

    La historia tiene diferentes plot twist, que en todo momento me sorprendieron; cuando empezaba a pensar de qué forma estaba preparándose el final ¡zas! algo inesperado ocurre y ya todo cambia. Es algo que me encanta, porque no permite que me aburra o que sea predecible la historia. El propósito de esta novela creo que es de entretener, de pasar un buen rato leyéndola… y pienso que lo consigue con creces. Éste es el primer libro del autor, autopublicado además. Así que estaría bien que si te gusta La historia tiene diferentes plot twist, que en todo momento me sorprendieron; cuando empezaba a pensar de qué forma estaba preparándose el final ¡zas! algo inesperado ocurre y ya todo cambia. Es algo que me encanta, porque no permite que me aburra o que sea predecible la historia. El propósito de esta novela creo que es de entretener, de pasar un buen rato leyéndola… y pienso que lo consigue con creces. Éste es el primer libro del autor, autopublicado además. Así que estaría bien que si te gusta el género de aventuras le dieras una oportunidad porque se la merece y no creo que te vaya a defraudar. Si te apetece leer una reseña un poco más extensa de este libro puedes echarle un ojo a mi blog: http://fjp.es/luces-en-el-mar-miquel-... ¡Gracias por tu visita!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Cristina Aguado rodriguez

    Lo he leído poco a poco, saboreándolo, sintiendo absolutamente todo, y es mucho! Harold y Mary Rose son una pareja encantadora. La historia es preciosa, aunque bastante dura. Un recorrido por la vida, que te hace pensar que experiencias vivimos o no debido a los recuerdos e historias que vamos acumulando por el camino. Me ha hecho llorar practicamente todo el libro, es muy triste, hasta que te das cuenta de que no es todo tan triste, sino que estás viviendo la tristeza de sus protagonistas... Mi Lo he leído poco a poco, saboreándolo, sintiendo absolutamente todo, y es mucho! Harold y Mary Rose son una pareja encantadora. La historia es preciosa, aunque bastante dura. Un recorrido por la vida, que te hace pensar que experiencias vivimos o no debido a los recuerdos e historias que vamos acumulando por el camino. Me ha hecho llorar practicamente todo el libro, es muy triste, hasta que te das cuenta de que no es todo tan triste, sino que estás viviendo la tristeza de sus protagonistas... Mi personaje favorito es Kirima, y su parte de la historia es la que más me ha hecho sentir. En general una historia maravillosa, que te lleva a pensar en cómo vivimos nuestra vida

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